Whenever a steam locomotive restoration is nearing completion, it is crucial to ensure that the interior of all steam delivery passages are cleared of any debris that may have accumulated inside. This debris can be harmful to the locomotive if left uncleared, possibly scarring the interior of the valve cages and cylinders, or even damaging the bronze piston rings. Blowing out the locomotive’s cylinders involves opening the throttle, which allows steam to escape through the valve casings and cylinders, this is performed with the valves removed. This process is an essential component in any locomotive restoration, considered to be one of the final steps before the rebuild is complete.
The steam crew of Diversified Rail Services began the process of blowing down the locomotive’s boiler water today, which ensures the boiler is dry before being placed back inside the shop. Blowing down a boiler while hot is an essential step in ensuring its longevity, leftover stagnant water can be harmful to a boiler if left unattended.
Yesterday was only a mere glimpse into the future for both the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad and 1309, but we need your help to make this a reality. To help us reach our goal, donate to the Western Maryland 1309 restoration at www.wmsr.com/1309.
Thank you for your continued support of the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad!